According to new research, having more than one picture on each page on the books of pre-schoolers can hinder with their ability to learn words.
This finding was published in the journal Infant and Child Development, which also suggests a simple solution to the parents and teachers of nursery classes on the challenges they meet while teaching the pre-school education.
"Luckily, children like hearing stories, and adults like reading them to children. But children who are too young to read themselves don't know where to look because they are not following the text. This has a dramatic impact on how well they learn new words from stories," said study co-author Zoe Flack from University of Sussex in Britain.
For the purpose of practical the researcher read the books with one illustration or two illustrations to three year old. The illustration was used to refer to the new objects which were named on the page.
During the research they found that children who were read stories with one illustration were able to learn twice as new words in comparison to the children who were read stories with two or more illustration.
In the experiment researchers used a simple hand swipe gesture which was used to guide the children to look at the correct illustration and they found that the gesture was effective in helping the children learn new words.
"This suggests that simply guiding children's attention to the correct page helps them focus on the right illustrations, and this in turn might help them concentrate on the new words," Zoe said.